Newcastle Captain Could Return At West Brom


Fabricio Coloccini has been out with a back injury since the home win against Southampton in late February, and that’s now over seven weeks and 10 matches.

fab coloccini in training

Fab Coloccini – back in training at Newcastle

And Newcastle have hardly looked good in defense over the last few weeks, conceding seven goals to Manchester City and Sunderland, and we have the third worst goals against record in the Premier League.

And last week Alan had said Fab could be back for the game at West Brom on Saturday, where the Argentine’s calming influence could be needed, but the Newcastle manager has backed off that a little today.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press:

“Looking at Coloccini, I don’t think he’ll be available until we get to Liverpool, but we’ll see,”

The Newcastle manager will be under extreme pressure in the next five games to show he should be the long-term manager of Newcastle, after the fans were simply embarrassed and humiliated by Sunday’s 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland.

And if we just scrape over the line in the relegation stakes, or heaven forbid, are relegated,  it will not look good for Alan Pardew, who was given five good players in January to boost the squad, but after a good start we are again back to losing too many games and looking ordinary far too often.

It would be a great time for Coloccini to return to the side on Saturday, and we’d be a little surprised if he does not make the game, and partner Steven Taylor at the back.

Newcastle need something out of the game, and another loss and we could be fighting relegation through the last game of the season – something we certainly didn’t want or expect this season.

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22 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Based on recent games if anyone should be dropped to allow Colo back in it’s Taylor, not MBiwa.

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  • daztoon

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    No wonder we get all the injuries do we not give them time in the reserves any more to bring players back gradually.We seem to just throw em back in at the deep end straight away

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    no matter who Pardew starts in our next 5 games one way or the other he will manage to fcuk this up.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    And its happened again 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost from previous

    The thing about stating Laudrup as an example is that he has only had to tweak certain aspects. Swanseas chairman identified how he wanted his side to play around 10 years ago, and each managerial change has seen him continue employing people with the same philosophy. Martinez, Sousa, Rodgers, and now Laudrup. So yes, Laudrup has won a trophy in his first season and has given them a marginally more cutthroat nature, but it was minor tweaking.

    Pardew inherited a team playing a direct style of football. Has it changed enough in his time? In my opinion, and I’m sure most peoples, no, it hasn’t. Is that just down to him, or can it be attributed to other factors as well, personnel, injuries, coaching staff? I think the blame is across the board on that.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    MA needs to open his eyes now and say look alan iv’e got big plans for Newcastle and i don’t see your defensive style getting us forward anytime soon and i think it’s time you step down.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Lilonwge and Rainrix….My point exactly. Regardless though, Swansea aren’t our problem, Pardew is so comparisons will get us nowhere.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Ibiza… You brought laudrup up @ 23 😉

    Jokes but yeah we aren’t comparable to swansea in anyway really.

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  • Beattie25 - Anti Pardew Crew

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza

    re backing:

    Of course a team needs backing to keep up with the teams they rivalled the season before but what I was asking (keeping in context to the original point) is do you think Pardew being backed is the only way we can succeed on the football pitch.

    What I meant by that was are the problems we have faced this season (injuries. Luck, form, lack of investment) are the main reasons we have -17 goal difference, 36 points and 5 tough games to keep in the PL. or would you concede that a good manager gets the best out of the team even with limited resources.

    We all know Ashley isn’t going to spend £50 million this summer so for me we need a man who can get the best out of a talented but small squad without having to rely on lady fortune and the excuses that follow.

    Again I’m not saying all the other factors haven’t contributed aside from Pardews weaknesses but it seems to me that every excuse is looked at and Pardew is absolved when we all know that for mid table teams small investment, injuries, misfortune, and more are traits of those clubs. That’s where you need a manager competent enough to do the best with the hand he is dealt and not make excuse after excuse.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    MA has got to realize that while he’s putting money into his club it’s gonna be wasted so hopefully he will come to realize this and sort the pecking order out from physio, coaches and manager.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Agreed Ibiza, while Saylor had been doing well, the last few games have been poor. Colo and Mbiwa, Saylor as back up. Will be nice to have Colo back albeit briefly before he departs in the Summer. Will be nice to give him a send off and thanks for what he has done the last few years.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix…I did indeed. It’s been a put down of Pardew for a while now though, so just wanted to point out my feelings on it…as per usual 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Laudrup did well before he went to Swansea so i don’t think he’s a flash in the pan. It’s true Martinez did a lot of ground work there but look at the abuse he and Rodgers get on here but I’d take them in a heartbeat over Pardew’s nonsense and BS.

    People are very fickle when trying to make facts fit their agendas. Laudrup trophy first season. Pardew 15th season still nowt.

    Saylor needs dropping he’s been shocking.

    ??????

    Debuchy Colo M’Biwa Haidara

    Sissoko Cabaye Anita

    Benny Cisse Marveaux

    433 let them free!!

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  • thai-mag

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Colo, what we don’t need is another half fit player that’s leaving the club in the summer in a relegation dogfight, I fear the worse in the next 5 games

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  • Beattie25 - Anti Pardew Crew

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe

    In 10 years if Pardew is at the Healy we’ll still be playing the same drivel.

    To change a style takes time but it also takes the right manager.

    As I’ve said I’d rather spend the next decade going through a on field transition as the club seeks out its new identity than spend the next 10 seeing Alan take us down this same road we’ve been on since Souness.

    We need a manager to come in and the majority of us to be like ‘yeah great appointment, I’ll support this but it will take time’.

    We then need to see a glimpse of the change within a few months and a that would install confidence into me.

    People forget that Swansea had awful players so it took time not only to change the mentality of the club but to find the players who could play a certain way.

    We’re lucky, we have the on field ingredient, it’s on the touchline and at Benton where we fail.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning Beattie…

    Not really sure how to answer that one. Is the question basically should he have done better with what he had this season at his disposal?

    Sure. There were games we could / should have got more and given the points difference in the league, 2 wins instead of draws would currently have us top 10.

    I want to say that whilst I may have a reason behind most of his shortcomings, I am not trying to remove all blame from Pardew, it’s just that I don’t think he is quite the villain that others do. The truth probably lies somewhere between both of our view points.

    Also, once again, if we can get better then we should…as always.

    Lilongwe….Colo has left a bit of a bad taste in everyones mouth this season, I do hope he gets some games and puts in a good farewell if he is indeed off. He has done us well and it would be shame not to remember him that way.

    Question is, does he get the captains armband when he comes back in?

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  • Jonny

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Mbiwa looks good on the ball but doesn’t seem to like a physical challenge and rarely win any headers.

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  • daztoon

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Carver was Toronto head coach/manager and he wanted to sign Ameobi for them at the time that’s his knowledge of attacking football.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Reckon we’ll need another 8 points to stay up. Can see Wigan beating Man City. There’s no reason why we can’t beat West Brom and see off Liverpool and Arsenal at home. We haven’t been scoring many goals because we only have 1 decent striker in the whole squad.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda…I’m not saying he isn’t a good or great manager, nor that he hasn’t had success elsewhere.

    Peoples argument is that he has come in to Swansea and has them playing beautiful football and winning things.

    Well, he did inherit the footballing team he is currently working with. Yes, he is continuing that good work, but he hasn’t had to do the ground work. That’s all mate.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda,
    I don’t think anyone is saying he is a flash in the pan. People are pointing out he just had some minor tweaking to do. To get to that style of football at NUFC when Pardew took over meant changing everything that had been done over the previous 18 months.

    Now, I have agreed that Pardew probably hasn’t changed it enough, however it isn’t just through his own faults, there is more than just that at work here.

    For me, if he is to go, it has to be after the last game, and then we can have an entire pre season with a new manager and coaching staff getting their ideas across. Time will tell what Ashley decides.

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  • Jayk

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Even if Newcastle get relegated, Mike Ashley will not sack Pardew.

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